Schools which wish to apply for the Solar for Schools Programme must submit at least three quotations from SEAI-registered contractors. The deadline for schools in Phase 1 to do this is March 15, 2024.
Each of these quotes must be given as a fixed price which is valid for at least six months with no conditions attached.
Minister for Education Norma Foley said that ultimately the programme will be able to help up to 4,000 schools nationwide to reduce their energy bills and carbon footprints.
“This ties in with the strong ethos of environmental awareness and climate sustainability among our students and the wonderful work they do in this area, most notably with the Green Flag initiative.”
Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications Ossian Smyth added, “It’s great that schools around the country will now see their electricity bills drop while doing their bit for the climate.”
“Even when the school is closed for the holidays, they will earn money by selling the power they generate back to the grid.”
The government has not confirmed how much funding is being provided for the Programme, as they say they want to encourage competitive bidding from contractors.